Creamy Pasta Shells with Scallops

Creamy Pasta Shells with Scallops


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About this recipe: The easy trick in this recipe is to use mascarpone cheese to make the creamy sauce. It's light and flavourful and delicious with big juicy scallops.

Andy Smith

Serves: 6 

  • 450g pasta shells
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 250g fresh white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 450g scallops, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 7 to 9 minutes, until al dente.
  2. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter with the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Mix in the parsley and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms and asparagus and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes depending on the thickness.
  3. Add the scalllops and cook briefly on each side until the centre is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the milk, mascarpone cheese and remaining butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sauce is warm and butter is completely melted and blended in. Stir this sauce into the scallops and vegetables along with the pasta and serve immediately.

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